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Sky Bet EFL: Team of The Week

6 February 2017

Another weekend of EFL action has passed, and it’s time for the latest Team of the Week.

We asked for your suggestions on social media, and with your help we’ve compiled a selection of stand-out players. So, in association with FIFA 17 Ultimate Team, here it is…

Goalkeeper: James McKeown (Grimsby Town) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

After Manchester United recalled Dean Henderson from his loan spell at Grimsby last week, McKeown took his place back in the starting line-up.

And how the stopper made the most of his opportunity, producing a fine last-gasp penalty save against Luton Town to earn the Mariners a point.

— Grimsby Town FC (@officialgtfc) February 5, 2017

Defender: Cheick Keita (Birmingham City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Gianfranco Zola is off the mark, earning his first three-point haul as Birmingham manager at the 11th time of asking.

One of the men to thank for breaking his duck was Keita, who was outstanding down the left-hand side and whose low cross was turned home by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

🎥 "I certainly feel much better than before."

Gianfranco Zola spoke to BluesTV following this afternoon's win.

— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) February 4, 2017

Defender: Jake Cooper (Millwall) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

After four successive stalemates, Millwall returned to winning ways with Cooper setting the tone in the 2-0 triumph at Coventry City.

The 22-year-old opened the scoring in the first half, and defended impressively to prevent the Sky Blues sparking a comeback.

Defender: Peter Clarke (Oldham Athletic) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Clarke produced a real captain’s performance as a resilient Oldham claimed an important 1-0 win away at fellow strugglers Chesterfield.

Not content with just standing firm against the Spireites’ attack, the Latics centre-back grabbed the winning goal in stoppage-time.

Defender: Michael Hefele (Huddersfield Town) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Huddersfield had a fantastic four days, beating two promotion rivals and therefore having plenty of players worthy of a place in our Team of the Week.

However, we’ve gone for Hefele, who was outstanding in the West Yorkshire derby against Leeds United, and who capped off his performance with a late winner for the Terriers.

🌟 @SkyBet Man of the Match 🌟@michaelhefele - @htafcdotcom 🍾

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) February 5, 2017

Defender: Mitchell Dijks (Norwich City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Dijks’ first game in English football was an impressive one, earning the Man of the Match award for his performance in Norwich's 1-0 victory at Cardiff City.

The on-loan Ajax defender gave the Bluebirds no room to manoeuvre, helping the Canaries to a third straight win which leaves them just three points away from the top six.

"For his first game in English football, he was tremendous." #ncfc

Mitchell Dijks is your @AnglianHome Man of the Match vs Cardiff! 👍

— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) February 5, 2017

Midfielder: David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Nottingham Forest came from behind to take all three points in their Saturday evening clash with Aston Villa.

The goals came from Britt Assombalonga and teenage striker Ben Brereton, but Vaughan was key to victory with a majestic midfield display in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

🌟 @SkyBet Man of the Match 🌟@NFFC midfielder David Vaughan earns the award in a late Forest win.

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) February 4, 2017

Midfielder: John Fleck (Sheffield United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

One of the performances of the weekend came from Sheffield United, who eased to a 4-0 win over AFC Wimbledon to return to the Sky Bet League One summit.

A number of players staked their claim for inclusion, but Fleck takes the plaudits after scoring one and creating another in the rout.

Midfielder: David Wheeler (Exeter City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

It was a record-breaking weekend for Wheeler, who netted for the seventh straight game as Exeter defeated Crewe Alexandra.

His first goal broke the long-standing club record, and he added another for good measure as the Grecians extended their unbeaten run to 12 games.

Forward: Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Lawrence continued his electric form in front of goal to earn Ipswich a point against high-flying Reading.

His second goal came from a driving run and ferocious effort in off the crossbar, adding to his recent selection of wonder strikes.

He's done it again! 😮@TomLawrence99 scored another beaut for @Official_ITFC in their draw with @ReadingFC at the weekend. 👏

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) February 6, 2017

Forward: Matty Godden (Stevenage) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

A late show from Stevenage saw them come back from a goal down to defeat Crawley Town 2-1, with Godden the hero of the hour.

The Boro striker levelled matters with quarter of an hour to go, and completed his brace deep into stoppage time to seal a dramatic victory.

Manager: Phil Brown (Southend United)

Southend’s home fixture with Scunthorpe United marked Brown’s 200th game in charge of the club, and he couldn’t have asked for a better result to mark the occasion.

The league-leading Iron led early on, but they were knocked off their perch as the Blues launched a fine comeback to win 3-1, move into the top six, and earn the EFL Result of the Day.

REACTION | Brown delighted to mark 200th game in charge with "big performance" and three points 🔵⚽️


— Southend United (@SUFCRootsHall) February 4, 2017

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